Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

By PoliceOne Staff

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – A K-9 and an off-duty police officer were killed in separate DUI crashes Thursday.

According to The Island Packet, Officer Ryan MacCluen, 31, was killed when suspect Whitney Danielle Brooks, 29, turned in front of the officer’s motorcycle.

Around an hour earlier, an officer was injured and his K-9 Mojo killed when suspect Richard Shore, 37, collided with their police vehicle.

Ryan MacCluen’s mother remembers her son as great kid. He was 31 yrs old. Loved sports. Spent 2 yrs at The Citadel. His funeral will be at Bethany United Methodist Church on Tuesday. @ABCNews4 #chsnews #sctweets

— Bill Burr (@BBonTV) February 16, 2018

North Charleston PD Chief Reggie Burgess described MacCluen as “a friendly person that always had a smile on his face” who “loved being a police officer.”

Mojo served with the department for five years. His handler, Officer Brandon VanAusdal, is currently being treated at a hospital.

Both Brooks and Shore have been charged with felony DUI.

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Our hearts are heavy this morning as we mourn the loss of our family members, Officer Ryan MacCluen and K9 MOJO. Both…

Posted by North Charleston Police Department on Friday, February 16, 2018

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